WATCH: David Bowie as Pontius Pilate

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(RNS) I had forgotten until a short time ago when reminded by a friend that Ziggy Stardust also played Pontius Pilate in “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

How could I have overlooked that? Yet another bit of fodder for the debate over Bowie and spirituality that we documented here and here.

Watch him as Pilate — robes and all, it’s a perfect Bowie look:




  • Larry

    Bowie’s appearance follows the unspoken Hollywood convention for Biblical epics that British actors usually play Romans and Americans play people under Roman rule. Martin Scorsese being a huge fan of old Hollywood was well aware of this when Bowie was cast in the part.

  • This is outstanding. How have I not seen this movie? I’m watching it this week. Thanks for the clip!